BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 480 Mexico [?], s. XVI
ff. 1r-126r [Title page, f. 1r:] Dominica 2^^a post pascha ad missam
Introitus. [text:] Misericordia domini plena est terra...et omnem saporem
suauitatis. f. 126v blank
Gradual, with masses from the second Sunday after Easter through the 13th
Sunday after Pentecost, omitting Ascension and Pentecost; ff. 92v-93r and 115r
blank without interruption of text
Parchment, ff. i (paper board) + 126 + i (paper board), 674 x 519 (565 x 360)
mm., trimmed. Written in 5 lines and staves, ruled in hard point. Double
vertical bounding lines, full length. Prickings in upper and lower margins.
I-XVIII^^6, XIX^^4, XX^^6 ( + 1 leaf after 2, f. 115), XXI^^6 ( + 1 leaf at end, f.
126). Each bifolium is sewn together from 2 leaves, then sewn into quire.
Written by one scribe in round liturgical gothic script.
Initial on f. 1v (2 lines + 2 staves high) made of cadeaux, with gold paint
sloppily applied. Other initials 1 line + 1 staff, same style, in black or red,
with or without gold. Square notes on 5-line red staves. Headings in red.
Water has caused red ink to run on many folios; no loss of text. Some
repairs in margins with pieces of coarse parchment.
Binding: s. xix. Half bound in brown calf, gold-tooled, with blue cloth
Written probably in the 16th century, perhaps in Mexico, where it was located
by 1580; note in red cursive highlighted with gold (written by a contemporary
hand) appears on title page (f. 1r): "Convento de San Francisco. Mexico. de
ano 1580." Library of the Rev. John Wright (bookplate). Deposited at Yale
by Henry R. Wagner in 1912.
Barbara A. Shailor